Don’t ask yourself, “Is this normal?” Instead, ask yourself:
Is this healthy?
Is this good for me?
I’m trying to decide whether to sell this copy of Building Stories or try to read it again. The more comics I read the more it seems like Chris Ware makes comics for people who hate comics. His work is always flat for me, although I’ve tried to like it at various points because everyone else seems to so I felt like I was missing something. Like I get his ham fisted emotional moments and his occasional formal innovations, I just get super bored with the work as a whole and find it not very pleasing to look at.
Oddly enough my estimation of Paul Pope’s work has changed significantly in the past few years. I don’t know if it’s because I’m looking at more comics in a more serious way or what, but where Pope’s work felt inaccessible to me before, I now get really jazzed by and love it. All along his style and subject matter have seem like things that should really excite me so I was confused why I never got into it before.